Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Pork Pie News

From the Leicester Mercury:
It has taken 10 years, but pork pie campaigners look set to taste success in their fight to win protected status for the famous food.

The Melton Mowbray pork pie has passed its final hurdle and is now months away from a European Union ruling which would stop pies made outside the region from carrying the town's name.

That could mean the £50 million-a-year pork pie industry would be concentrated largely in Leicestershire.
I don't want to be churlish in the face of such unalloyed good news, but a couple of questions need to be asked:
  • Who are "pork pie campaigners" exactly? Do they form organised groups?
  • The report says the Melton Mowbray pork pie has "passed its final hurdle". But one does not pass a hurdle, one clears it. But this would conjour up a picture of a Melton Mowbray pork pie leaping over things. Time for a new metaphor?

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